Scarnati explained that the project will erect a new 96,000 gallon welded stainless steel tank to replace the existing damaged tank. The funding being awarded is critical to protecting the environment, providing clean water to area residents and will create 10 local construction jobs.
“I commend the Eldred Township Municipal Authority for undertaking this important project,” Scarnati said. “Water systems are extremely vital to the health of a community, but very expensive to build and maintain. I’m very pleased that this substantial assistance was approved by PENNVEST and will provide support for improvements for Eldred Township. The funding will certainly be a crucial part of helping to safeguard our local water supplies and protect public health.”
Scarnati noted that the current tank is a glass-lined steel bolted tank which serves 150 customers within the township. During a 2014 inspection it was determined the tank was in need of replacement due to multiple locations of ice damage and significant metal corrosion. The new tank inlet will be configured to ensure good water circulation. Other project related improvements include replacement of existing pumping controls and digitized flow monitoring.
According to Scarnati the project was approved by the PENNVEST Board at their meeting in Harrisburg on April 19th. The total funding of $830,000 is being awarded as a $546,459 grant and a $283,541 low interest loan.
The state’s PENNVEST Program provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, stormwater conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.